Ramp model options. Illustrations by Priscilla Lee
Produce a wedge ramp using Nike Grind to provide a simple step solution to the global, societal issue of the single-step barrier.
Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?
EVA Foam Injection Scraps
EVA Foam Flashings
EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
EVA Foam Components
Laminated EVA Foam
How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?
Primary raw material composite compressed to form colourful 1STEP wedge ramps.
Grind may be the core fill if a frame is required, or if possible, mold directly for a durable product.
Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)
1STEP Grind Ramps.
Visual rendering by Joyce Chang
What is the current stage of development of your idea?
Research & Early Testing
Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?
People stopped by a 1 step elevation - in wheelchairs, and mobility assisted people - including scooters, walkers. Plus parents with strollers, carts, people with wheel luggage.
Also includes their care circles of family, friends, and colleagues while in their company, municipalities committed to urban inclusivitity - for group participation in society.
How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.
StopGap red ramp + 1 step barrier on Front St. E., Toronto, Canada.
Iterate StopGap's concept to innovate with Nike Grind as a new resource material + scale with Nike's marketing might to escalate the impact with a simple retrofit solution, the Nike Grind ramp.
How is your idea innovative?
1STEP Grind Ramp models. Rendering by Joyce Chang
Grind becomes new material used to re-manufacture 1STEP ramps for a scalable solution to address a global social need. The Grind material iterates on wood or metal ramps for a lighter more durable product.
Nike brings attention to the 1 step global challenge with a scalable adaptable collaborative solution.
What inspired this idea?
Luke Anderson (Ramp Man) of STOPGAP.ca and Shane Burcaw - laughingatmynightmare.com
People with mobility challenges who face everyday barriers with courage, grit and determination.
Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?
Kelly Okamura, gooderGoods. Change Marketer/Sustainable Product Researcher
Theresa Maguire, Product Design/Development Executive
Joyce Chang, 4th Year Industrial Design at OCADU, Toronto
Priscilla Lee, 3rd Year Industrial Design at OCADU, Toronto
In what city are you located?
In what country are you located?
What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)
sole proprietor, KO& Co. for gooderGoods
+ special project team collaboration for the IDEO Nike Grind Challenge
Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.
1 step barriers exist well beyond Toronto Canada. Nike’s global presence accelerates awareness of the 1 step challenge faced daily by many. Nike’s commitment to creating a better future for many utilizes the Grind waste to drive change for a wider participation to include a resilient yet marginalized global segment.
Nike’s intimate knowledge of the Grind material and supply chain partners are key co-creators to transform waste into a step forward for inclusion.